My New Neighbor

29 May

Meet my new friend. I don’t know his name…he wouldn’t tell me. But he’s new to the neighborhood and he stopped by the other day to say “Hello”. Nice neighborly thing to do.

I was walking through the Living Room when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw him peering through the rectangular window above the front door. I think he must be new to this world because he wasn’t frightened and he sat there for a long time listening to me tell him about the neighborhood. I think I might have been the first human he had ever seen because he stared at me for five minutes. Wouldn’t it be amazing to hear what his little bird brain was registering at that moment? I was just explaining some of the HOA rules to him when he suddenly stood up taller at the sound of rapid chirping behind him. He turned and off he fluttered, summoned by a worried Mom who had just counted heads and discovered she was missing one.

His visit reminded me about the importance, maybe necessity, of hospitality, an important ingredient in the recipe of Christian faith. The one whose Way we follow made it very clear. Welcome the stranger, give without asking for anything in return, help people (even if you don’t know them), share your bread with anyone who is hungry. Over and over, He made the point that servant relationships are the best kind, and that if we all practiced that kind of relationship, the world would be a different place.

So, as the late Fred Rogers used to sing: “It’s a lovely day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood…won’t you be my neighbor?”

Have a wonderful day today, neighbor!

6 Responses to “My New Neighbor”

  1. megs3141 May 29, 2021 at 6:37 am #

    Roger writes again. Thanks for sharing life at OVUCC and the articles you share. I treasure our friendship.



    Sent from my iPhone


    • AZWriter June 2, 2021 at 6:15 pm #

      Good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you.

  2. Barb May 29, 2021 at 7:44 am #

    Great neighbor story!

  3. Mike & Joanne Burt May 29, 2021 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi neighbor! Very well said…I know some folks who need to remember this! Cheers!

    • AZWriter May 30, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

      So good to hear from you. Have a peaceful Memorial Day.

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